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Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cumulative (a) surplus and (b) deficit was of (i) each NHS trust by region, (ii) each region and (iii) England in each year since 1997. [30761]

Mr. Hutton: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

Whittington Hospital

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the length of time spent by Mr. Sidney Hockley in the Accident and Emergency Unit at the Whittington hospital; and if his officials contacted (a) Mr. Hockley and (b) Miss Lesley Hockley on the subject. [31647]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 30 January 2002]: Mr. Hockley was seen and treated by the medical staff throughout his stay and his nursing notes record appropriate observation and care. On the grounds of patient confidentiality it would not be appropriate to discuss this patient's care further.

No departmental officials contacted Mr. Hockley or Miss Lesley Hockley on this subject.

Intermediate Care

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 16 November 2001, Official Report, column 940W, on intermediate care, if he will publish the results of the survey showing the (a) current and (b) base line figures for each NHS region, health authority and trust and the methodology used. [32698]

Jacqui Smith: The survey of national health service intermediate care in England validated the 1999–2000 baseline and established current levels of provision using the defining criteria in the January 2001 circular (Health Service Circular 2001/01:Local Authority Circular (2001)1). In August 2001, local health and social care communities were asked to provide data for intermediate care services in place in 1999–2000, and those planned at that time for 2001–02, to enable progress in achieving the NHS Plan targets for intermediate care beds and places to be measured.

The results of the survey show that by the end of this year there will be, compared to the baseline of 1999–2000, around an additional:

The full results of the survey, giving data by region and by health authority, are in the Library. Data by individual trust were not collected.

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Dietary Supplements

Mr. Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the European directive on dietary supplements. [32708]

Yvette Cooper: The proposed directive would establish the framework for harmonised controls on vitamin and mineral content of food supplements and introduce a number of useful labelling measures. The impact on consumer choice and the specialist food supplement sector would depend on future developments on maximum limits and lists of permitted nutrients.

Landfill Sites

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned regarding the health risks to children living in close proximity to landfill sites. [32241]

Yvette Cooper: The Department, together with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency, has commissioned the following reviews and research projects on the impacts of health on landfill sites:

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received regarding health risks to families living in close proximity to landfill sites. [32239]

Yvette Cooper: The Department is aware of a number of research studies published in the scientific literature which investigate health outcomes in people living near landfill sites. These have been considered by the Department, which has sought advice from the independent expert advisory committee, the Committee on the Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT). They felt that it was not possible to draw any definite conclusions regarding possible health effects from these studies and further research was warranted. The most recent statement by the COT is available on the Department's website We have commissioned a programme of work on the impacts on health of landfill sites, details of which are also available on the website, and the Department continues to monitor relevant publications.

Heart Disease

Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on measures introduced since 1997 to help combat heart disease. [32539]

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Yvette Cooper: We have made it clear that tackling heart disease is one of our top priorities and in March 2000, we published the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease which sets out standards for improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment services throughout the country. A progress report, entitled "Delivering Better Heart Services", issued November 2001 is available in the Library.

Lister Hospital

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the child accident and emergency ward at the Lister hospital to be opened to patients; and if he will make a statement. [32299]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 1 February 2002]: East and North Hertfordshire National Health Service Trust has received additional funding through the reforming emergency care strategy announced last year and is in the process of recruiting five whole time equivalent nurses to staff the paediatric assessment unit at the Lister hospital. The opening of the paediatric assessment unit will be dependent on successful recruitment to these posts.

Delayed Discharge

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of delayed discharge was for (a) patients aged over 75 years in March 1997 and (b) all patients in the quarter end December 2001. [33498]

Jacqui Smith: In March 1997 the rate of delayed discharge (on any one day the percentage of patients over 75 years old occupying an acute hospital bed whose discharge is delayed) was 13 per cent. The most recent data available are for September 2001 when the equivalent rate for patients over 75 was 12 per cent. and for patients of all ages 6.6 per cent.

Operations (South Humber)

Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were carried out in the South Humber health authority area in each year from 1992 to 2001; and how many operations were cancelled in each of those years. [33491]

Jacqui Smith: The table details the operations carried out in the South Humber health authority area in each year from 1991–2001.

Finished consultant episodes (FCEs) where an operation was performed NHS hospitals, South Humber HA (formerly Grimsby and Scunthorpe DHA) 1992–93 to 2000–01

Grimsby and Scunthorpe DHA1992–9333,482
Grimsby and Scunthorpe DHA1993–9432,224
Grimsby and Scunthorpe DHA1994–9534,635
Grimsby and Scunthorpe DHA1995–9637,816
South Humber HA1996–9735,908
South Humber HA1997–9839,266
South Humber HA1998–9945,308
South Humber HA1999–200047,022
South Humber HA2000–0152,480


1. An FCE is defined as a period of patient care under one consultant in one health care provider. The figures do not represent the number of patients, as one person may have several episodes within the year.

2. Care must be taken when analysing time series data by health authority as boundaries may have changed over the years.

3. Data in this table are adjusted for both coverage and unknown/invalid clinical data, except for 1998–99 to 2000–01 which are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health

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The following table shows the number of operations cancelled in the South Humber health authority area for the years 1996–67 to 2000–01. Information is not available for the years prior to 1996.

Total number of last minute cancelled operations for non-clinical reasons, South Humber health authority, 1996–97 to 2000–01

Quarter 15982774099
Quarter 28074804166
Quarter 36764525849
Quarter 486113655431
Total for year29233274193245


Data prior to 1996 are not available


DH form QMPC and QMNG

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